you feel a surge of torque that no 450 can match. It just
goes faster and faster while you seem disturbingly insulated and comfortable. It’s a little like watching a GoPro video
of someone else going fast.
The XR goes perfectly straight and is absolutely, positively impervious to brutally rough terrain. The suspension
has a cushy feel that bikes today lack. Even back then, we
were amazed by the conventional cartridge fork. Upside-down forks had become standard equipment by the
Seat Concepts has it figured out. When you
have to spend days in the saddle, this is the
most important part of the bike.
Warp 9 wheels still have stuff for the big XR. Navigation is handled by GPS and road book in modern rallies.
2000s, and there were a number of racers who installed
them on the big XR, only to be disappointed. The fork
flexes in directions that modern forks are entirely too rigid
There’s no getting around the weight, though. According
to our February 2000 test, the XR650R weighed 287
pounds without fuel. That was heavy even for 15 years
ago. The Cruiser, with its fairing and a half tank of gas, is
probably 320 pounds. You feel every bit of it. The XR is a